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Introduction

The new Labour Relations Law was passed in 2005. The problematic provisions of the law refer to the protection of labour rights in the case of an ownership change on the employer’s side (Article 68). Unlike the previous law on labour relations (Official Gazette No. 80/1993), the new law does not require employers to consult trade unions about redundancies due to economic, technological or structural changes.

Country
North Macedonia
Sector
Labour rights
Type of Law
Capturing a market, an industry or public resources

Description of the law

The new Labour Relations Law was passed in 2005. The problematic provisions of the law refer to the protection of labour rights in the case of an ownership change on the employer’s side (Article 68). Unlike the previous law on labour relations (Official Gazette No. 80/1993), the new law does not require employers to consult trade unions about redundancies due to economic, technological or structural changes. The new law omits provisions that previously protected the rights of employees when they are transferred to a new employer after economic and structural changes. Employers no longer have a duty to provide prequalification or employment in other companies for dismissed workers or to grant them a priority in future employment in the same company. In addition, the new law allows companies to reduce severance pay to fired employees.

The law benefited Magyar Telekom during the process of privatising Macedonian Telecommunications. The company is accused of being behind the creation of the new Labour Relations Law.

In 2010, lawmakers reinstated previously abandoned provisions for labour protection.